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Contra Costa Women And Supporters Mobilize For Walnut Creek March Jan. 20

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Date(s) – 01/20/2018
10:30 am – 3:00 pm

Civic Park, Walnut Creek


Women’s March Contra Costa invites all community members to join us on January 20, 2018 for an Anniversary March. Stand up for democracy. March for equity, tolerance, and justice. Speak up for human rights and dignity. Whatever your reasons are, join us for this nonpartisan, peaceful, family-friendly event that is open to all.

Date: Saturday, 1/20/18
Time: 10:30 AM Arrival, 11:00 AM Rally, 11:30 AM March
Place: Civic Park, 1375 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek
T-Shirts: Web store link coming soon!
Website RSVP: Click here

Spread the Word!
We hope to see you at the march! Please help us tell our community about this event by sharing the event through Facebook or through our website links! If you can also promote the march via email or posting flyers/posters, sign up here.

Volunteer Opportunities
Sign up to volunteer. We can’t do this without you! Click here to sign up!

We will have a limited number of booths available at the event. If your organization or club is interested,  email us for more information. For those who’ve already responded, we will be in contact shortly with details.

If your organization is planning to attend, please email us to let us know. We’d love to hear you are coming and to give you a shout-out!

It’s not too early to start making your signs/posters! Grab some paint, markers, and cardboard and get creative. Just remember this is a family-friendly event. If you’d like to host a poster party, email us to let us know.


  1. As a woman, I (like a lot of women) have mixed emotions about the Women’s March. You won’t see me there. I’ve been making it on my own since the day I was born – including advancing and out earning men.

    Act like a lady and think like a man – you’ll be just fine. All you need is the right mindset. Gloria Gaynor said it best. “I Will Survive.”

  2. Are you serious? You’ve made it, so no one else should complain? Well, with “mixed feelings” I presume you have some positive ones about people who take the time to protest injustice — and by the way, to protest that toxic fool in the White House.

  3. Linda – First of all, I’m NOT a Trump supporter. And, yes, a lot of women (and men) DON’T BELIEVE in politicizing everything – including marches. The far left and far right are equally pathetic.

    Rosie the Riveter – ABSOLUTELY! Very empowering to women. I attend those events. I would have “mixed emotions” about marching if I was dirt poor. I know poor women who feel the same way. This isn’t financial – this is POLITICAL!

    The women’s movement was A LONG TIME AGO! Women need to be paid the same as men – and they need to ASK FOR MORE! Everything is negotiable, and you are what you negotiate.

    I typed 25-30 advantages that women have over men (last year – on this site). Take advantage of your advantages.

    Do women want to put two feet forward and apply themselves daily, or do they want to stand there with pink hats and blah, blah signs (saying things that aren’t very ladylike) and embarrass themselves? You don’t speak for me.

    This is a far left, political movement. I don’t believe in protesting. It’s asinine. As far as the toxic man in the White House – I agree with you. The voters voted him in, and I wasn’t one of them.

    My life is the same regardless of who is in office, and I don’t really care who’s in office anymore – but I will always vote. If you base your life on who the president is – you don’t have one.

    “Only you can prevent forest fires.” Only you are responsible as to where you are in life. Look in the mirror, and if you’re not where you want to be – you have no one to blame but yourself.


  4. Interesting discussion between two obviously strong willed and intelligent readers but I have to say the comment about protests being “asinine” gave me pause. This was hard for me to digest as some of the world’s greatest reforms have come about as a result of public protest and it’s not hard to conjure up their names beginning with one very theatrical protest in Boston Harbor – 1773. As an expatriate and current resident of this great country I won’t argue the wisdom of you rowdy colonials wanting to shed the gently lain arm of British Rule but I believe you can safely argue that it led to change. Then there’s Gandhi’s Salt Protest and Suffrage efforts both in my former country and here in America, along with a little pushing and shoving outside outside the Bastille in 1789, in Soweto, Tahir Square in Egypt, Tiananmen Square, and the Alexanderplatz. Is there any need to mention widespread protests against the Vietnam war in this country and abroad, with Mister Nixon’s own tapes revealing the impact all those “kooks” in the streets were having? Hopefully not. I would respectfully suggest that while often messy and off-putting, political protest has a place in the world and is something more than just a chance for like minded people to get their exercise in.

  5. The right to protest – overused and ineffective. And what has changed since the last Women’s March? Nothing. You have to learn to fight your own battles – effectively. I do it daily.

  6. “March for equity, tolerance, and justice. Speak up for human rights and dignity. Whatever your reasons are, join us for this nonpartisan, peaceful, family-friendly event that is open to all.”

    If the above virtues are far left…I guess I’m far left and didn’t know it. And how is any of that political? The answer is its only political if you can only see two sides. I believe those of us who can say we are not impacted by any president are the very ones in a position to help those millions who are impacted.

  7. Well said, Robert and Brian. While I believe in always empowering oneself, it seems strange to pretend that this a luxury many people don’t have. As long as people are born into disadvantaged situations, both encouraging them to improve their lot while also fighting to fix the social structures which create the disadvantage in the first place.

    For someone who believes that the various protests over even the last year have had no impact, nothing will likely change their mind. But the opposition shown for certain policies has most definitely created a political situation of stalemate, which sounds bad for some people, but for others is sometimes the most one can hope for when headed in the wrong direction.

  8. Marching for women’s rights and equality is good.
    I just hope that this year’s event doesn’t turn into just another anti Trump rally again. That disappointed a lot of people last year…

  9. Also – If you don’t think these marches have a far left extremist theme to them, you haven’t heard Madonna, Ashley Judd, etc. (Neo Nazi man haters) speeches. Okay – I get it. They don’t like men. What does that have to do with the rest of us?

  10. Per Danielle: “The women’s movement was A LONG TIME AGO! Women need to be paid the same as men – and they need to ASK FOR MORE! Everything is negotiable, and you are what you negotiate.”

    Danielle thinks the women’s problem is that most women are WEAK. They just need to “think like a man” when asking for their share. And, by extension, people of color aren’t negotiating aggressively enough to receive their full share of equal-opportunity bounty.

    Wow! The view from a position of privilege is quite something to behold when put so plainly and unabashedly.

    And, thank you again Mr. President for emboldening white privilege so that it can be heard as clearly as your white pride supporters at your rallies. You can’t fight what you can’t see.

    I hope to see all of you fragile females on the march this Saturday.

  11. “I MUST make two honest confessions to you, my Christian and Jewish brothers. First, I must confess that over the last few years
    I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great
    stumbling block in the stride toward freedom is not the White Citizens Councillor or the Ku Klux Klanner but the white moderate
    who is more devoted to order than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace
    which is the presence of justice; who constantly says, “I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I can’t agree with your methods
    of direct action”; who paternalistically feels that he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by the myth of
    time; and who constantly advises the Negro to wait until a “more convenient season.” Shallow understanding from people of
    good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more
    bewildering than outright rejection.”
    Letter from a Birmingham Jail, MLK Jr.

  12. I don’t think women are weak. Some women don’t think about money the way men do because they’re not judged by what they do for a living, and how much money they make. Most of the women I know are strong women. Most women are.

    Women can EASILY make more money I they want to. Example. As a teenager, I applied for my first job at sixteen. It was printed in the Contra Costa Times – MIMIMUM WAGE. Which was $2.35 – $2.65 an hour – I don’t remember exactly. I asked for $5.00 an hour. I walked away with $4.15 an hour – after about forty minutes.

    Sixteen year olds applying for a minimum wage job, and walking away with “less than five dollars an hour” is hardly my definition of privilege – but knowing that I was a skilled at getting more money than the job paid felt good. I spent it wisely.

    Quit making excuses – the far left thinks everyone is oppressed, including rich, white powerful men. You’re ENABLERS.

    What ever happened to personal responsibility and accountability?

    The Women’s March is ineffective – just like the Occupy Movement, BLM, etc. It’s a feel good march – period.

    Enjoy the march – while the rest of us actually DO SOMETHING to improve our lives.

  13. @Danielle: Shockingly, I agree with you 100%. These events are typically “preaching to the choir” rallies that do little to bring about change and, potentially worse, leave participants with the false impression that the marches are, in and of themselves, some form of positive change.

    Helping girls / women succeed in the world *AS IT EXISTS NOW* is, perhaps paradoxically, the best path to change. Marching to change the system is never as effective as mastering the system and changing it organically from within.

    My daughter is about to graduate from a good college with a STEM degree and I honestly don’t think her gender is going to hold her back at all. I certainly hope she isn’t waiting for some mob of pink hats to grease the skids for her.

  14. As far as MLK, I respect what he did for civil rights. I have no respect for him personally. He’s a hypocrite. He preached “content of character” yet he was cheating on his wife, beating women and sleeping with white prostitutes. I’ve read and heard this from black religious leaders. Where’s the character? To get people to take you seriously, you have to practice what you preach. And be a man of character yourself…

  15. “To get people to take you seriously, you have to practice what you preach. And be a man of character yourself…”

    Like our current president. Now THERE is a man with a moral compass.

  16. So what do we learn from this? That some Americans are content with the way things are for them and don’t believe anything should be done by or for others, or who don’t see the sense in that. I disagree. That’s why I’ll be in in Walnut Creek and I’m not someone who attends marches on a regular basis. But I do believe that our leaders are aware of how their constituents feel about them and if I can let them know that I am not happy with the way things are going ashort peaceful walk with others is one way I can let them know about it.

  17. There was a march? I napped rather than attend a march or whine about people who wanted to attend the march. To each their own. Very little outranks a good nap, though.

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